*We have bad news to report about former NFL running back Cedric Benson. The number 4 overall pick in 2005 lost his life in a motorcycle crash in Austin, Texas late Saturday night (08-17-19). Benson was 36.
One of the top high school recruits in the country out of Midland, Texas, Benson was a key player in the Longhorns’ resurgence under former coach Mack Brown. The footballer played at Texas from 2001-2004. While there he won the Doak Walker Award given to the nation’s top running back in 2004.
Benson was drafted No. 4 overall by the Chicago Bears in 2005. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers.
Benson was reportedly driving his bike with a passenger when they got into an accident with another vehicle around 10 PM.
Police say the motorcycle slammed into a minivan. The people in the van were not injured and stayed on the scene to work with investigators.
The passenger, as of yet, unidentified, was also killed in the wreck. Two other adults were injured. Officials are investigating. As of this posting, it’s unclear what specifically caused the crash.
Hours before the crash, Benson posted a photo of his motorcycle on social media with the caption, “My Saturday evening.”
Here’s more from TMZ:
Benson was an incredible athlete — he racked up more than 5,500 yards at Texas and won the Doak Walker Award (top running back in the country) his senior year.
He signed a rookie deal with the Bears — 5 years, $35 mil — and was a key part of Chicago’s 2006 NFC Championship team.
Benson later played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers before retiring in 2012.
Benson had several off the field problems after his career — he was arrested for drunk driving in 2017 and 2018.